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Upcoming Courses in Anthropology

Anthropology Advising Documents 2023-2024

Anthropology Advising Information [PDF

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Anthropology Honours Thesis Application [PDF] 
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For Anthropology Advising, please contact the Anthropology Office: Kacey Fields, Department Assistant (k.fields@uwinnipeg.ca

The following courses are not offered every year. Now is your chance to take them!

If you would like to take the course but do not have the prerequisite, please contact the instructor to check if you have a prerequisite equivalent.

Fall 2023


ANTH-1409 (3) Introductory Michif I 
Instructor: H. Souter

This course is an introduction to Michif language in a culturally safe and supportive learning environment. The emphasis is on task and project-based immersion learning for whole language skills useful in daily and cultural life. A special focus is on the use of verbs in simple tenses in indicative, interrogative and imperative forms reflecting the complexity of Michif's verbal morphosyntax. As a class, students work on listening comprehension, oral expression, and written skills. In the one-hour lab students practice language structured to support the acquisition of that presented in class.

ANTH-2216/BANT-2216 (3)  Archaeology in Popular Culture
Instructor: J. Lindal

From Indiana Jones to Tomb Raider to YouTubers covering the discovery and excavation of prior sites of human occupation, Archaeology holds a special place in the public imagination. Archaeologists have been depicted in popular culture through many formats, including movies and TV shows, literature and comics, news media, video games and more. This course critically assesses the ways in which archaeology is presented to the general public, by both archaeologists and non-archaeologists, and evaluates how the representation of archaeologists matters (or should matter) to a general audience.

ANTH-2221 (3) Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Instructor: T. Greenfield

This course traces the development of Syrian Palestinian Archaeology, including a study of archaeological remains and sites from the Neolithic period (ca. 8500 B.C.) to the Byzantine period (ca. 330 A.D.) in the Levant, or countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Egypt. Emphasis is placed on techniques of recovering ancient remains as well as the interpretation of artifacts, including those associated with Biblical text or documents from other ancient Near Eastern cultures.

ANTH-2404/LING-2103 (3) Languages of the World
Instructor: I. Roksandic

Taking a general overview of the linguistic map of the world where approximately 7000 languages are currently spoken, this course looks at some of the main language families and examines evidence for genetic relationships within them. Variations within a single language, principles underlying different writing systems, as well as issues of language contact, endangered languages, and the role of English as an emerging world language are also considered. Examples are drawn from a wide range of languages.

ANTH-2407/LING-2104/IS-2407 (3) Language Revitalization
Instructor: H. Souter

This course examines the need for language revitalization in the context of language endangerment that is now occurring on a global scale. Students learn about factors that contribute to languages remaining strong, as well as processes such as colonization and assimilation that have led to language shift, loss, and death. Students learn about the importance of diverse languages, and also about strategies and programs that communities have applied to maintain or regain their languages. Key language revitalization methods are taught, including language healing, language development, language learning technologies, language nests, and master-apprentice programs.

ANTH-3210/ANTH-4210 (3) Arhcaeological Laboratory Methods
Instructor: T. Greenfield

This course focuses on processing, analyzing, and interpreting archaeological materials. It examines a range of specialized techniques for studying lithic, ceramic, botanical, and geological evidence recovered at archaeological sites, and for establishing their temporal context. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level.

ANTH-3408 (3) Sociolinguistics
Instructor: TBA

Sociolinguistics is the systematic study of language as a social phenomenon with a focus on the relationship between language and various social variables such as age, class, ethnicity and gender. This course examines language variations on regional (regional dialects), social (sociolects) and personal (styles and registers) level, as well as topics such as standard language, slang, jargon, politeness and taboo. It introduces students to the concepts of language ideologies, communities of practice, multilingualism, diglossia and code switching, and explores the problems of language in the contact and of language shift, revival and planning. Cross-listed: LING-3103


Winter 2024


ANTH-1410 (3) Introductory Michif II
Instructor: H. Souter

Michif II is an introduction to Michif language grounded in Métis ways of knowing, relating and doing. As per cultural teachings, classes open and close with ceremony (which is spiritual and not religious in nature). Community building and relational learning are central to course experience. The course instructor uses an immersive Comprehensible Input (CI) approach to language acquisition. The course will enable beginning students to converse with more proficient speakers and each other on more subjects involving common situations and everyday actions in a culturally appropriate manner. They will further develop their abilities to introduce themselves and others, open and close classes in a culturally appropriate manner, and give assistance appropriately in group settings. They will be able to talk with greater detail about their friends and family member, their own personal preferences and possessions, and use weather terms in complex sentences. They will be able to describe people and objects and where and how they are located in greater detail. They will be able to talk about all these situations in the past, present, future and conditional tenses. They will be able to name more common domestic and "wild" animals, birds and insects and geographic features. As well, they will be able to create and participate in the telling of simple stories. Most emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking but reading and writing in Michif will be used as appropriate. In addition, students will write personal reflections in English--and in part in Michif as able--on their learning and development as learners and speakers through the course.

ANTH-2403/ENGL-2802/LING-2003 (3) Syntax
Instructor: H. Tran

Syntax is the study of the arrangement of words into groups, clauses and sentences. In this course students use morphological, syntactic, semantic, and lexical criteria to define traditional parts of speech, in order to understand how these combine to form a variety of clauses and sentences types. Form, function, class and structure are introduced from the perspective of systemic functional and communication linguistics. These descriptive frameworks are contrasted with transformational generative models and others.